ITHACA, N.Y. — Two people were ticketed over the Labor Day weekend at Second Dam as part of a push by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office to keep swimmers out of the gorges, an official said.
“People were very cooperative,” Lt. Dan Donahue said. “They even carried garbage out of the area.”
He said deputies went to various illegal swimming areas — Second Dam twice a day — to oust hundreds of people from the area.
He said that while swimming in the area is illegal and dangerous, people can generally get away with a warning as long as they are cooperative with officials when leaving the area, are not committing a crime (such as smoking marijuana or drinking underage) and are not creating overt safety hazards for themselves or others.
Officials have previously said tickets for trespassing in the area can range from $50 to $250.
Two people were ticketed throughout the weekend after gorge rangers called police to the are to report up to 150 people at Second Dam.
Paul W. Flavin, 57, of Rochester, was ticketed for public lewdness, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. Police said he was nude at the dam.
He was arraigned in the town of Lansing Court and remanded to the Tompkins County jail in lieu of posting $500 cash or $2,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in the town of Ithaca Court at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Steven R. Tatich, 21, of Owego, was found smoking marijuana in public view while trespassing at the dam. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and trespassing and scheduled to appear in the town of Ithaca Court at 4 p.m. on Sept. 23.